Christian Bergman (0-1, 3.00) was calm, self-assured, and delivered 6 better than competent innings Monday night as the Colorado Rockies lost their 10th of 11 games to the Atlanta Braves 3-1. Bergman threw 89 pitches (59 strikes), and took the loss, allowing 2 runs on 5 hits, 2 walks, and 5 strike-outs. Gavin Floyd (1-2, 2.57), Luis Avilan, Shae Simmons, and Craig Kimbrel held the Rockies’ once-productive offense to a lead-off home-run by Corey Dickerson in the 7th. After scoring 24 runs but losing 4 of 5 last week, Colorado’s offense has managed only the Dickerson homer and another by Troy Tulowitzki the past 2 games.
Bergman dodged a Tulowitzki error on the first batter of the game, Jason Heyward, then retired 9 in a row before BJ Upton led-off the 4th with a single. Upton stole 2nd, and after Freddie Freeman walked and Upton moved to third on a line-out to right by his brother Justin, Evan Gattis delivered the run with a ground-ball to 3rd. Chris Johnson followed with a single to plate Freeman, and Atlanta had a 2-0 lead that would hold-up for the victory. The Braves scored another in the 8th on a walk to Justin Upton and singles by Gattis and Johnson, who had 2 of the 3 Atlanta RBI.
Colorado offered virtually no resistance. They had two on in the 2nd, Dickerson made it to 2nd-base on a flubbed pick-off attempt in the 4th, and DJ LeMahieu made it around to 3rd on a pinch-hit double by Brandon Barnes with 2 out after Dickerson’s homer in the 7th. But they went in-order in the 1st, 2nd, 5th, 6th and 8th, and Wilin Rosario failed to play the hero when Kimbrel walked Charlie Culberson with 2 out in the 9th.
The off-the-field news continued to be as dismal as the on-the-field type. The Rockies announced Carlos Gonzalez will have “exploratory” surgery on his injured finger (I won’t continue to guess which one it is) today at the Cleveland Clinic. The MRI on Michael Cuddyer came-back late in the day Monday and revealed a fracture of the shoulder socket, perhaps bringing an end to the Big Money Mike era in Denver. And the Rockies await the results of Eddie Butler’s MRI, due this morning, with fear and trepidation. Meanwhile, Agbayani reports no progress in his talks with Seattle on a Wilton Lopez for Robinson Cano trade. Additional cash the Rockies would receive back is the sticking-point, Ag reports.
It gets no easier for Colorado tonight. The Braves will throw Mike Minor out against the Rockies’ Juan Nicasio. Game time is 6:40 MDT.